The true story of an 8-year-old girl from Cantabria, Spain who, with her father, discovered what were at the time, in 01879, the oldest cave paintings ever found.
“In 01879, amateur [late 18th century: from French, from Italian amatore, from Latin amator ‘lover’, from amare ‘to love’.; An amateur is one who does something for the love of it, not quid pro quo in exchange for money] archaeologist Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola was led by his eight-year-old daughter María to discover the cave’s drawings. The cave was excavated by Señor Sautuola and archaeologist Juan Vilanova y Piera from the University of Madrid, resulting in a much acclaimed publication in 01880 which interpreted the paintings as Paleolithic in origin.”
Dogmatic religious leaders and purportedly scientific leaders falsely accused Señor Sautuola of having forged the paintings. His good name and reputation were destroyed and his honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. He died in ignominy in 01888 at age 57 years, before he was finally vindicated by decades of evidence which ultimately showed that he was right and they were wrong. Modern evidence indicates the paintings are ~35,000 years old.
“The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.”
T.H. White, The Once and Future King